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11:52 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Covid-19 spike in US due to increase in cases – not more testing, federal official says

From CNN Health’s Amanda Watts

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Admiral Brett P. Giroir testifies at a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on "The Administration Response to Ongoing Shortages of PPE and Critical Medical Supplies" on Capitol Hill on July 2 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Admiral Brett P. Giroir testifies at a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on "The Administration Response to Ongoing Shortages of PPE and Critical Medical Supplies" on Capitol Hill on July 2 in Washington, DC. Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images

The current spike in new coronavirus numbers is due to an increase in cases, not because of more testing, Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday. 

“There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover – but we do believe this is a real increase in cases, because the percent positivity’s are going up. So, this is real increases in cases,” Giroir told the House Select Committee on Coronavirus. 

Giroir the US we did flatten the curve earlier during the pandemic, but “we are not flattening the curve right now, the curve is still going up.” 

Across the US, some states are doing better than others, Giroir said, “four states are counting for about 50% of our new cases, and they're very concerning to all in public health.” 

Those states are California, Arizona, Texas and Florida – which all posted record new cases this week, according to Johns Hopkins data. 

Giroir, who has recently been critical of younger generations said, “we really do believe the current outbreak is primarily due to under 35s, with a lot of gatherings and not appropriate protection – like masks.” 

11:47 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

This Pennsylvania county just had another big jump in cases

From CNN’s Alec Snyder

Allegheny County in Pennsylvania identified 233 new cases of Covid-19 overnight into Thursday morning, the communications director for the county executive, Amie Downs, told CNN.

The previous high since the mid-June surge had been Wednesday’s count of 110 new cases.

There are four new hospitalizations but no change in deaths from the day before, Downs said. The median age in new cases is 29, the same as it was on Wednesday.

It is too early to know exactly where the cases originated from, but Downs said many are from community spread.

11:33 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

White House says it will host socially distant Fourth of July party

From CNN's Kate Bennett

The White House stands past the South Lawn in Washington, D.C., on May 22.
The White House stands past the South Lawn in Washington, D.C., on May 22. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The White House Fourth of July party will observe social distancing guidelines for guests, most of whom will be front line workers and their families, including law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and first responders, White House spokesman Judd Deere tells CNN. 

“To ensure the health and safety of those attending, social distancing will be observed and facial coverings and personal hand sanitizers will be provided,” Deere said. 

Another White House official confirmed to CNN that each guest will be handed a packet upon entry containing a mask, hand wipes, and sanitizer.

Additionally, the official says White House staff waiting on guests will be using multiple disposable masks and gloves, to be constantly tossed out and reapplied throughout the event.

The event will be held on the South Lawn, starting at 6:00 p.m. ET, a precursor to the flyover festivities and fireworks.

11:31 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Florida reports more than 10,000 new cases — a new daily record

From CNN's Tina Burnside

People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Flao
People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Flao Lynne Sladky/AP

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 10,109 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the state total to 169,106, according to data released by the state.

Today's numbers mark a new record daily high of infections in the state of Florida since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was set on Saturday, when the start reported just more than 9,500 new cases.

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11:07 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

New York City mayor says schools will open in September

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York City Public Schools will open in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during today's Covid-19 presser. 

The mayor said schools will have a maximum number of students who can attend school in September based on space they can convert to learning areas that supports social distancing. 

In some cases where all students can’t attend class, they may have staggering schedules, the mayor said. 

Remember: Ultimately, the decision will be made by the governor on whether schools will open in the fall.

Schools are still in the process of putting together back to school plans, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said during the press conference.

 

11:03 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

At least 22 additional New York City streets will be opened up for outdoor dining, mayor says

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference in New York on July 2.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference in New York on July 2. NYC Media

At least 22 additional streets will be opened to restaurants to use for outdoor seating, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

This will add about 2.62 additional miles for restaurants to have seating. 

This will take place across all five boroughs on Friday nights and weekends, those days were picked because they are busy days for going out, de Blasio said. 

“We are very excited,” de Blasio said.

More context: The decision was made yesterday to not allow indoor dining in New York City when the city moves to phase 3 of reopening next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

10:47 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Despite surge in Covid-19 cases, Pence once again says national mask mandate is not needed

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

Vice President Mike Pence answers a question as he holds a news conference in Phoenix on July 1.
Vice President Mike Pence answers a question as he holds a news conference in Phoenix on July 1. Ross D. Franklin/AP

When asked about a national mandate on masks in an interview on CNBC, Vice President Mike Pence responded: “I don’t think there’s a need for a national mandate.”

The President also said yesterday he does not think a mandate for masks is needed.

Pence noted that Trump instructed him to make sure that states which are seeing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases have everything that they need.

“We’re going to stay with these states that are seeing rising cases every step of the way,” Pence said.

Pence said that the administration supports governors who are pausing reopening, however, Pence also said “but we’re going to keep opening up America again.”

“PPE supplies are strong, testing is strong, more therapeutic medicines are available every day,” Pence claimed.

Meanwhile, a growing number of US states across the country have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public.

With many states starting to lift coronavirus restrictions, more people are venturing out in public, but the number of cases is still rising in nearly half of them.

Read more about the states requiring people to wear masks when out in public:

10:42 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Next Covid-19 relief proposal could include funding for schools, treasury secretary says

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez 

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media in the briefing room at the White House on July 2 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media in the briefing room at the White House on July 2 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday that the Trump administration is considering whether to give money to schools to better equip them to be ready for classes to begin in the fall.

“We’re working with schools and universities. And I think in most cases, schools will be able to open safely. Some schools will need to spend money. One of the things we’ll look at in CARES 4 is if we need to give money to schools to properly equip their areas,” Mnuchin said in the White House briefing room.

Mnuchin said the administration would “absolutely” support the legislation if it included funding for schools.

“We want to make sure that kids are safe and that if there is money that schools need to spend to safely have people in classrooms, social distance, spread things out, change hours — these are all the things we’re looking at,” he added.

10:37 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Georgia governor: "We're not out of the woods yet”

From CNN’s Jason Morris and Maria Cartaya

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference in Dalton, Georgia, on July 2.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference in Dalton, Georgia, on July 2. WGCL

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said today Covid-19 continues to spread in the state. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Kemp. 

“We cannot get complacent,” added Kemp during his stop in Dalton, Georgia, while on his "Wear a Mask" fly-around tour of Georgia ahead of the holiday weekend. 

Kemp encouraged Georgians to continue social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing a mask or face covering. 

“We don’t need a mandate to do the right thing,” said Kemp. “I just trust Georgians to do the right thing,” added Kemp.

When asked to elaborate, Kemp said "We got a speed limit all over the state, here in town, on the interstate. Not everybody obeys by that.” 

“On the rise in cases, I don’t think that surprises me in light of what we’ve been dealing with,” said Kemp.

Kemp said the state’s surge capacity "continues to remain solid."  

"Our hospitals are prepared," added Kemp.

“There is good news in our fight. Our case mortality rate continues to decline. Our testing continues to rise,” added Kemp.